Louisiana voters take to social media to complain about slavery amendment

Voters seek guidance about confusing proposal

By: - November 8, 2022 2:29 pm
Representative Edmond Jordan

Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, said he has been urged to run for state insurance commissioner. (Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator)

Across social media platforms, Louisiana voters are seeking clarity about a confusing constitutional amendment on involuntary servitude.

In it’s original form, the amendment, dubbed “Remove Involuntary Servitude as Punishment for a Crime from Constitution Measure” would have prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude in Louisiana. But after going through the legislative process, the language was watered down to continue to allow forced labor as part of a criminal sentence.

Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, a civil rights attorney, proposed the amendment, and he is now asking voters to vote against it. In its current stature, he said the wording could potentially authorize slavery.

The measure is the topic of social media backlash on Twitter, Reddit and TikTok.

Here’s what voters are saying:


@bellekurve PLEASE WATCH “13th” produced by @arraynow on Netflix ASAP! And Louisiana please VOTE NO ON CA 7! #VoteHeaux #Vote #Louisiana #constitutionalrights #13th #Slavery #FireTheGOP #votetiktok ♬ original sound – TheBelleKurve

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Piper Hutchinson
Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.